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St George Illawarra have named the son of Parramatta great Mick Cronin in a squad containing 10 of their premiership stars for Sunday’s Charity Shield clash with South Sydney. Peter Cronin is among four recruits making their debuts for the Dragons, joining former Manly and Cronulla forward Adam Cuthbertson, Wests Tigers signing David Gower and ex-Penrith forward Daniel Penese at ANZ Stadium. The traditional fixture will also mark the return from long-term injury for prop Dan Hunt (Achilles), who has signed a new deal with the club, and outside back Ratu Peni Tagive (knee). Exciting young Dragons hooker Cameron King, who played one NRL match last season and was recently chosen in Ricky Stuart’s NSW Blues in waiting squad, has been given the opportunity to start at hooker. Assistant coach Steve Price will be in charge of the team with Wayne Bennett on NRL All Stars duty.

The Rabbitohs have named their strongest available line-up, with a long list of players sidelined by injury. Sam Burgess (shoulder), Greg Inglis (shoulder/hip), Issac Luke (shoulder), Michael Crocker (knee), Luke Stuart (shoulder), Jason Clark (hamstring) and Blake Judd (hamstring) are all out but are expected to be fit for the round one match against the Sydney Roosters. Prop Ben Ross will back up from the bench following his first game in nearly two years last weekend following a neck injury. Meanwhile, Hunt has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the Dragons until the end of 2013.Sunday’s game will be his first since rupturing his Achilles in the warm-up to the round 11 clash against Canberra at WIN Stadium last May. “It is pretty exciting times for me at the moment, to be returning to the field and also to secure my future here at the Dragons for a couple of extra years,” Hunt said. “It’s been a long recovery road but all the hard work will have paid off come Sunday when I get out there on the field.” The Rabbitohs will be looking to take home the Charity Shield for the fourth consecutive year.

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Rabbitohs injury list grows

South Sydney’s jubilation has quickly become a reality check with star five-eighth John Sutton and lock Ben Lowe both ruled out for the rest of the injury-ravaged NRL club’s season. The Rabbitohs pulled off a miraculous last-second 34-30 golden point extra time win over the Wests Tigers on Saturday night, one of the famous club’s gutsiest considering 12 first-graders were on the sidelines. Lowe was among them, a late withdrawal after fracturing his foot in a freak training accident on Friday, bringing his impressive season to an end. Sutton dislocated his right shoulder in the first period of extra time and left the field in agony. It is the same shoulder he suffered an identical injury to in 2007, when he required surgery. Beau Champion succumbed to a cork above his knee in the side’s final training session while Colin Best is on a drip in hospital with a systemic blood infection suffered after he accidentally cut himself. Best is expected to leave hospital on Monday and the Rabbitohs are hopeful both he and Champion will play against Melbourne at AAMI Park next Sunday. Also back will be suspended English star Sam Burgess, utility Luke Capewell (knee) and possibly veteran forward Michael Crocker (quad). The Rabbitohs remain two points outside the top eight after debutant Dylan Farrell’s last-second golden-point try to down the Tigers. But the loss of their main playmaker in Sutton and an injury list which will still include Lowe, Luke Stuart (hand), Scott Geddes (knee), Dave Taylor (collarbone) and Beau Falloon (arm) will make it tough for the club to make the play-offs.

Rabbits lose Dave Taylor, Champion in doubt

Dave Taylor will miss the rest of the home-and-away season after scans this morning revealed the Souths enforcer had suffered a clean break of his collarbone. Taylor will have a plate inserted into the troubled area he injured during the Warriors clash on Sunday. The injury to the Origin backrower could not have come at a worse time for the Bunnies who already have Luke Stuart (hand), Issac Luke (shoulder), Michael Crocker (quad), Scott Geddes (knee) and Ben Ross (neck) missing from their forward pack. To make matters worse, Beau Champion is unlikely to be available for Friday’s clash with the Bulldogs after he suffered a cork above his knee, which was heavily strapped in ice at Rabbitohs recovery.

Judiciary – The Fallout Rd 2.

Struggling Canterbury will be without Gary Warburton for their next two NRL games after the second-rower pleaded guilty to a dangerous contact charge on Tuesday.

Melbourne prop Adam Blair has been handed a one-game ban after he pleaded guilty to a dangerous contact charge in the Storm’s 20-14 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

Warriors backrower Lewis Brown has also been sidelined for one game after he pleaded guilty to a dangerous throw charge during the Warriors’ victory over Cronulla in Auckland on Saturday. Brown and new signing James Maloney were placed on report following a tackle on Anthony Tupou, but the Warriors have opted to fight the charge against Maloney at a hearing on Wednesday. Should the decision go against former Melbourne five-eighth Maloney, he will face a two-game suspension.

South Sydney’s Luke Stuart (dangerous contact) and Cronulla’s John Morris (high tackle) have both escaped bans after taking early guilty pleas.

Visiting the Judiciary – Round 2

The NRL match review committee has charged Adam Blair with a grade one dangerous contact for the incident, which resulted in the New Zealand international being placed on report in the 64th minute of the 20-14 win at EnergyAustralia Stadium. Blair will miss a week even if he enters an early guilty plea to the charge.

Canterbury forward Gary Warburton is facing up to three weeks on the sidelines after he was booked for a dangerous contact-head/neck offence in the loss to St George-Illawarra on Friday night. He will miss two weeks if he enters the early plea and three if he unsuccessfully defends the charge at the NRL judiciary.

Warriors’ pair James Maloney and Lewis Brown have been charged with a dangerous throw in Saturday’s win over Cronulla. Maloney will miss a week with the early plea and two weeks with an unsuccessful defence, while Brown will miss a week either way.

South Sydney prop Luke Stuart will escape a ban with the early plea after a dangerous contact-head/neck charge and miss a match if he is unsuccessful at the judiciary.

Cronulla’s John Morris will escape any ban despite a grade one careless high tackle charge.